The Washington Capitals are a professional NHL hockey franchise based out of Washington, D.C. The team was founded in 1974 as an expansion franchise. They currently compete in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and play their home games in Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center.
The Capitals' team colors are red, white, and navy. They are led by team captain, Alexander Ovechkin.
Arena: Verizon Center (formerly known as MCI Center)
Former Arena: US Airways Arena (previously known as Capital Centre, US Air Arena)
Uniform colors: Blue, black, and bronze
Logo design: Two logos: 1) The United States Capitol dome, crossed hockey sticks, a puck, and the words "WASHINGTON CAPITALS", and 2) A stylized eagle's body with bronze stars and the word "CAPITALS" underneath
Former colors (1974-95): Red, white and blue
Former logo design (1974-95): The word "capitals" in reverse italic lower case letters with the "t" forming a hockey stick
Division Championships: 3 - 1989, 2000, 2001
Conference Championships: 1 - 1998
Stanley Cup Championships: 0
President's Trophy: 0
When the Capitals played their first season in 1974-75 the team set an NHL record for futility, losing 67 of 80 games, and only winning one on the road. The team did not fare much better through the 1970s, and it was not until 1983 that the Caps made the playoffs for the first time, behind the explosive goal scoring of Dennis Maruk, Mike Gartner, and Bobby Carpenter. The team was swept in its first ever playoff appearance by the eventual Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders.
The 2005-2006 NHL season finds the Capitals where they ended: floating around the cellar of the Southeastern Division. This year finds the team with a new captain, Jeff Halpern, who has been on the team for five years, is a native of the D.C. area and has been a lifelong Capitals fan. Some notable additions to the team include able-scorer Jeff Friesen, NHL vet Andrew Cassels and defensive workhorse Jamie Heward. Yet no addition has been greater than Alexander Ovechkin, who is making a run to be the first Capital to win the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. He's already worked his way into the record books by scoring at least one point (6G, 4A) in each of the Capitals' first eight games of the 2005-2006 season. The eight game point streak set the new NHL record for consecutive points to start an NHL career by a No. 1 overall pick.